The Great Western - James Dean Bradfield
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  • Summary: This is the solo debut for the Manic Street Preachers frontman.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. An Everything Must Go-ish vein of melodrama runs through the music, which stands up to being sung along to in the shower... but Bradfield also deserves plaudits for his lyrics.
  2. Sounds like a man freed from the shackles of history. [22 Jul 2006, p.31]
  3. 80
    Real-life dramas wrapped in uplifting tunes. [Aug 2006, p.86]
  4. 80
    A typically heartfelt and demonstrative record given to wistful glances backward. [Aug 2006, p.90]
  5. The Great Western is arguably stronger than either of the last two Manics albums. [Aug 2006, p.116]
  6. It is modest, lucid and tender.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. HarrietHa.
    Jul 17, 2007
    Not one song I would skip on this, they're all class! JDB's voice is just a thing of beauty. It won't change the world of rock 'n' roll, but sometimes all you want from an album is quality tunes, an amazing voice, and epic guitar riffs. It's just a greay great album. Expand
  2. jamesl
    Sep 1, 2006
  3. DanS
    Oct 23, 2006
    This is a wonderful pop album. Bradfeild shows on this effort that he doesn't really need Nicky Wire to write lyrics for him. This is better than the last Manics album. I can't stop listening to it! Bradfeild has a great solo career ahead of him (which I can't say for Nicky after listening to his solo release). Expand
  4. JamesJ
    Aug 18, 2006
    Really rather good and better than the last Manic's album. Seems like a taste of things to come. The lyrics are great as well. He should write a few more Manic's tunes. Expand
  5. JuliaA
    Sep 12, 2006
    an excellent work is all I can say...because I will brag about him for soooo looong if I let myself writing loosely on him :) .congrats for the album!.and what makes me jealous of his works (both as solo and in the band) is the way he could control his screamings and low tones at the very precise energy and power. Expand
  6. ThomB
    Aug 21, 2006
    Why are the Manics not huge in the US? Bradfield's first feature length solo-effort delivers the goods. Not too Manics yet not too far removed from more recent Manics albums. Expand
  7. HarryH
    Nov 18, 2006
    Not terrible but not too great either. Much better than the last few Manics albums though.

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